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As legal pot becomes more pervasive, consumers can focus more on what, exactly, they like.

Cannabis has had quite the year. Namely, companies learned the industry is hella lucrative – it’s a multi-billion dollar industry – and politicians gleaned supporting legalization can earn them some political sway. This year also ushered in a massive wave of luxe cannabis products and accessories. It’s safe to say what might have been considered the plant’s edge is now officially sanded and shellacked smooth. But just because something goes mainstream doesn’t mean it’s no longer cool. Look at craft beer! Now cannabis has completed a similar metamorphosis. And five strains in particular reigned 2017 supreme.

Cannabis, like alcohol, has many nuances to consider. Just as you’d never sidle up to a bar for a pint of “alcohol,” you should know more about cannabis than to request simply “weed.” This year saw a rise in appreciation for CBD, a major cannabinoid present in marijuana. THC, the heady component that makes users feel high, is the other major cannabinoid in cannabis. CBD doesn’t affect the mind; instead, it’s jam-packed with medicinal applications, spanning from treating menstrual cramps to epilepsy. As stigma surrounding cannabis wanes, patients interested in non-pharmaceutical treatments have more and more CBD-heavy options.

Keep in mind, even though these strands dominated 2017, cannabis is a highly individualistic experience. The strain that gets your flying phobic cousin calm and airborne might make another user fall victim to a surprise couch nap. As Portland, Oregon,-based Farma collective’s Sam Heywood puts it: “The best strain is the one that suits you today.” So tune in, light up and tune out. Here’s five great options for celebrating the end of one really weird year.

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DAWGMA

About

DAWGMA is building new strains of microorganisms to perform new and useful tasks. DAWGMA is sponsored by the Klavins Lab and uses Aquarium, a programmable, semi-automated molecular biology workflow that uses cutting edge techniques and instrumentation, instead of traditional lab work. Additional information can be found that the DAWGMA Facebook page.

Getting Involved

The DAWGMA team is looking for students with an interest in synthetic biology and a desire to learn. DAWGMA is open to all class standings and majors, including pre-majors. The synthetic biology research performed by DAWGMA is relevant to many disciplines, including but not limited to Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biology and Chemistry.

Much of DAWGMA’s research is focused on experimentation with creating novel yeast strains. DAWGMA’s current research theme is diagnostics, in which yeast is being designed to sense contaminants like heavy metals, BPA, and hormones. As part of this research, DAWGMA team members host meetings, give presentations, and contribute to the synthetic biology training program.

DAWGMA expects students to commit at least six hours per week for at least two quarters. DAWGMA has created a training program, Get Schooled, which consists of a set of tutorials and guides for on-boarding new members. DAWGMA’s Get Schooled training program is designed for individuals with an interest in synthetic biology, regardless of prior knowledge or experience.

Students interested in joining VIP should follow the instructions on the Joining page.

Contact

Questions regarding DAWGMA can be directed to the DAWGMA student lead, Hieu Ngoc Do.

About DAWGMA is building new strains of microorganisms to perform new and useful tasks. DAWGMA is sponsored by the Klavins Lab and uses Aquarium, a programmable, semi-automated molecular biology workflow that uses cutting edge techniques and instrumentation, instead of traditional lab work. Additional information can be found that the DAWGMA Facebook page. Getting Involved The